Trucker ordered to pay restitution for falsely reporting ‘stolen’ Peterbilt

| 8/23/2011

New Jersey prosecutors say a truck driver reported that his 2007 Peterbilt had been stolen, though investigators later proved the driver still had the truck, which he had repainted.

Casey M. Wendling, 28, of Millville, NJ, was sentenced Aug. 19 to five years of probation and ordered to pay $52,978 in restitution. He pleaded guilty on June 3, admitting that between September 2008 and August 2010 he had submitted a fraudulent vehicle theft claim to the Lincoln General Insurance company.

According to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the state Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and New Jersey State Police found the tractor in Wendling’s possession, although he had repainted it. The truck’s VIN had been replated with a VIN plate from a 1993 Peterbilt tractor and two digits on the engine’s serial number had been obscured so they couldn’t be read, a news release states.

According to court documents, Wendling filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009, when he owed creditors $35,211, mostly in credit card debt. The court records showed Wendling held only $300 in assets, and his company, Custom Logistics LLC, possessed a bank account with only $30.